Public Policy and Advocacy

UMSON Honored With 2017 AACN Advocate of the Year Award

The Advocate of the Year Award, established in 2010, recognizes a member dean and/or school whose extraordinary advocacy over the past year has advanced academic nursing priorities in the federal sphere. Learn more about the award.

Nurses need to be active in influencing health policy, but sometimes don’t know how to get involved.

Becoming informed and developing advocacy skills are first steps. As students you can do both by participating in opportunities on campus and off.

On Campus

Maryland Action Coalition Summit

The Maryland Action Coalition (MDAC) serves as one of the driving forces for transforming state health care. Recognizing the important work already underway in Maryland and with a goal of improved health outcomes for its residents, the Maryland Action Coalition leads innovation in the health of the population through efforts that build and sustain a culture of health.

President's Panel on Politics and Policy Speaker Series

This speaker series examining issues important to the UMB community that are likely to be affected by the new presidential administration and the new Congress.

Students United for Policy, Education, and Research (SUPER)

SUPER is UMSON's student chapter of AcademyHealth, a leading non-partisan source for health research and policy. SUPER is open to students from all disciplines and works to enhance campus-wide understanding and discussion of issues related to policy, education, and research via speaker series, panels, journal clubs, and community engagement activities such as Naloxone training in partnership with Baltimore City Health Department.


Policy News

Utilize these resources to stay abreast of policy issues.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

  • browse the government affairs section of their website
  • sign up for the Washington Weekly Newsletter and other updates

American Nurses Association

Commonwealth Foundation

  • browse the surveys, data, and publications on their website
  • sign up for their newsletters

Kaiser Health News

  • browse their website on health policy issues
  • sign up for daily First Edition and Morning Briefing emails

Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Affairs

  • browse their website
  • sign up for e-alerts, blogs, and newsletters

Additional Resources